I’m very happy to finally share this. Next month, something I worked on for the better part of four years is being released. A new George Carlin LP.
I’ve been working with his daughter Kelly Carlin and his manager Jerry Hamza to preserve and digitize the boxes of recordings he saved in his archives. He left cassette tapes with handwritten notes. We did our best to follow his clues and honor his intention. This release is primarily a record of what was to be included in his November 2001 HBO Special, originally titled I Kinda Like it When a Lotta People Die. After 9-11, the title was changed to Complaints and Grievances and much of that material was reworked or thrown out. You’ll finally get to hear the original routines. The opening track is from a home recording in 1957, and the rest of the record was edited from shows that took place September 9 and 10, 2001 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The bonus tracks include interviews with Jerry Hamza and Rocco Urbisci, and an earlier version of the closing piece. The liner notes were written by Lewis Black. The cover photo was taken by Dan Dion, who George said “photographs from the inside out.” To borrow a phrase from the Class Clown LP, This album would not have been possible without the loving help of: Taylor Negron, Louis Durra, Richard Green, Teri Bernardi, Jake Bluenote, Jeffrey Fiskin, Christine Robison, Paul Provenza, Shabrena Barnard, Chris Baseford, and Chuck Plotkin.
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I am the musical guest this Sunday at UnCabaret. It’s a great lineup too:
Beth Lapides hosts Comedy Luminaries including Daniel Franzese, Rory Scovel, Justin Martindale, Byron Bowers, Liz Feldman and Musical Guest Logan Heftel! Mitch Kaplan Musical Director. Denise Fraser on drums. You can get tickets at uncabaret.com.
I love UnCabaret. Here’s my performance there from 11-11-2012.